What a President Who Is Ignorant Of History Does

 In Social Commentary

In 1948, Senator J. Lister Hill, Democrat of Alabama opposed opening the military to African Americans. He warned that allowing Blacks to join the military would “impair the morale of the Army at a time when our armed forces should be at their strongest and most efficient.”

In the 1990s, Representative Newt Gingrich, Republican of Georgia opposed allowing women to engage in combat. He warned, “Females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections.”

In 2010, Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, opposed allowing gays to serve in the military. He warned that allowing in gays “would harm the battle effectiveness which is so vital to the survival of our young men and women in the military.”

In 2017, Donald Trump, Republican President of the United States, opposes the service of transgender individuals in the military. He warn-tweeted that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

In each instance those politicians got it wrong. The military has been desegregated, women engage in combat, lesbians and gays serve with distinction, and our military has benefitted greatly. If you know your history, you understand, as does Eric Fanning, the first openly gay man to serve as Army secretary, that “the military often helps lead the way for change.”

Donald Trump is ignorant of history. His ban on transgender service in the military will be proven wrong, not only in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion. #Resist

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